What better way to express experience than through music.
I am currently taking a psychoanalytic class called Art From the Inside Out, where we discuss the processes involved between art and the mind. My assignment was to reflect on the piece Blue and Green Music by Georgia O’Keefe. (By the way, O’Keefe is an amazing artist. Her flowery art is only a small portion of her oeuvre.)
Perceiving art is a practice of reflecting on one’s own experience in the context of another’s framed experience. In fact, I define a piece of art as a framed experience. In this way, an artist is a framer of experience.
And so, here is a musical improvisation of the work assigned. After I saw it in the museum on several visits, had it as my wallpaper for a period of time, discussed it with my family, and more – I sat with it on the monitor as I improvised this piece.
It is a translation of my experience as I sweep my eyes across the painting starting from the lower right, arcing over, and ending in the bottom left.
A piano and synth track recorded earlier this year.
Some pieces I play last for a few days, some a few years. The seeds of this track began sometime while I was still in high school.
Written in F minor and in 3/4 time. Recorded March 21, 2015 at a live performance in Nitida Ridge:
A relaxing piano piece in F major.
Developed in August and September of 2014. Recorded September 20, 2014.
Much of the musical writing I have done tends to hover in the “New Age” realm of things. I guess you’d call it peaceful and relaxing. Heck, one of my albums is even called “Calm”.
But, I don’t particularly aim to create those moods. It’s just what I’ve enjoyed exploring. Of course, there are other moods to explore. Hence – Rage & Fear.
The first track, Rage, has also been called “Beast” in other iterations. It is an aggressive peace that captures anger, not as a simple term, but as an undulating wave – something that emanates from within and crashes out of control until finally it is channeled into something of use.
The second track, Fear, is a much longer work that I had released several years ago, but have now re-issued. It poses a pervasive sense of anxiety without real resolution.